Jim’s This & That, Sept. 16-Oct. 1

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Jim’s This & That is a personal communication, begun by avid naturalist Jim Varnum, which strives to fulfill Jim’s vision of connecting individuals interested in the natural world — primarily in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area — with each other and with resources to increase an appreciation of nature.  If you have comments and questions about its content, or wish to receive – or not receive – Jim’s This & That e-mails, please contact nature_links@yahoo.com. *** Nourish beginnings, let us nourish beginnings. Not all things are blessed, but… Read More →


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2017 New Class
We are accepting applications on October 1st for the 2017 class of volunteers. If you are interested, please attend our Open House informational meeting on Thursday, October 13, 2016. We will have a program, showcase North Texas Master Naturalist projects and activities, and answer any questions you may have. It is not necessary to RSVP.

For details on the application process click on this link to How to Join and Class Schedule

Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m.

AgriLife Extension Office
Dallas County Government Building
10056 Marsh Lane
Suite B-101 (in the basement)
Dallas, TX 75229

Why You Should Love Fungi – Their Role in Ecosystems

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denisboleteDenis R Benjamin grew up in South Africa, emigrating to the Pacific Northwest in 1970. He practiced pediatric pathology at the children’s hospitals in Seattle, Washington and Fort Worth, Texas. He became an amateur mycologist soon after his arrival in the USA. He is a Research Associate at the Botanic Research Institute of Texas in Fort Worth. He was a consultant to the regional poison control center, a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Puget Sound Mycological Society and a past Chairman of the Toxicology Committee of the North American Mycological Association. He is frequent speaker at mushrooms clubs and societies.

In addition to nearly 100 professional publications, he has contributed to the lay literature and mushroom magazines. He was chosen to be a community Op/Ed writer for the Fort Worth Star Telegram. He is author of the landmark book on the health effects of mushrooms (Mushrooms: Poisons and Pdenis01anaceas) and recently published a collection of mushroom foraging essays (Musings of a Mushroom Hunter: A Natural History of Foraging). He is now in the process of becoming a watercolorist.


The October Chapter meeting

The October 5, 2016 Chapter meeting

Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2016

6:30 Meet and eat
7:00 Introduction and Announcements
7:20 Presentation – Why You Should Love Fungi – Their Role in Ecosystems 
8:45 Adjournment

The meeting place for the October meeting is:

Walnut Hill United Methodist Church 10066 Marsh Lane Dallas, TX 75229
Walnut Hill UMC is the church just north of the AgriLife office on Marsh Lane.
Once inside the building proceed to the meeting room in the basement.
As always all of our meetings are free and open to the public.

Hope to see YOU there!!

Dragonflyer 65 August/September, 2016

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